May Guild Meeting

During the May meeting we will nominate members for Board positions.  The elections will be at the June Meeting. Each position is for 1 year. There are 5 positions available; President, VP-Program, Newsletter Editor,  Treasurer, and Secretary. If interested, please attend the meeting and let the current board members know. 

The program will be on remembrance Poppies and how to knit them. Bring red, black and green yarns and appropriate needles to knit some samples.  Some patterns will be provided. 

August 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.  After the war the Poppy was used as a symbol of remembrance of those lost to war. The first use of the poppy was in 1920. The original inspiration comes from the poem by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

Yarn Shop Hop Time Again

Get your charge cards at the ready! It is time once again for the Mid Iowa Yarn Shop Hop happening Wednesday April 23 through Saturday April 26. 

There are 7 stores participating this year. There will be discounts, drawings and prizes.
Here is list of shops involved. Check their websites for more info.

Hill Vintage & Knits
432 East Locust
Des Moines

315 E 5th  St, Suite #121
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 288-0655

Knitting Next Door
704 SW 3rd Street
Ankeny, Iowa 50023
(515) 963-0396

Heartland Fiber Co.
107 N. John Wayne Drive
Winterset, Iowa 50273
(515) 468-8593

Rose Tree Fiber Shop
2814 West St.
Ames, IA 50014


The Yarn Basket & Quilt Shop
512 N. Adams
Carroll, IA 51401
The Sheep's Stockings
26 W. Main Street
Marshalltown, IA  50158
(641) 753-4661

Knit and Chats this week

I do believe Spring may be here; warmer temps, light rain and no snow! Yipee!

If you are looking to get out and about and want to join other knitters, come to one of these events over the next 7 days. Bring an unfinished project, start a new Spring project or work some charity items. These are great opportunities for social knitting.

Thursday April 10 from 3pm – 5pm meet at the Des Moines Southside Library (map)
located at 1111 Porter Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315. This meeting has unfortunately not been drawing many so May will be the last time this meets. Come knit in April and May and meet so South Siders to knit with.
Friday April 11 10am – 12pm come to the Urbandale Library in the conference room. (map). Grab a coffee in the shop on your way in and join the fun.
Monday April 14 10am – 12pm we are at the Franklin library in the west conference room. (map). Lots of conversation and fun while knitting!
Check out the calendar page on the blog to see what is coming up and where.  We hope to see you at one or all of these events.

Color Ideas

Shauneen did a wonderful presentation on color ideas. Jam packed!

The handout with links and information are available on our Google drive. Click the "Program Handouts" link above to find program handouts.